TQ4387 : Valentines Mansion

taken 5 years ago, near to Ilford, Redbridge, Great Britain

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Valentines Mansion
Valentines Mansion
The mansion is believed to have been originally built in 1696-7 for Elizabeth Tillotson and her family after the death of her husband, the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was a niece of Oliver Cromwell. At that time the new brick house stood in open countryside, several miles from the edge of London. In the 1720s City merchant and banker Robert Surman bought the estate and created the walled gardens, dovecote and grottoes. In the 1760s the new owner Sir Charles Raymond spent part of his fortune from the East India trade renovating Valentines, giving the house its Georgian appearance,

The southern part of what is now Valentines Park was declared officially open to the public "for ever" on 16th September 1899 when it was called Central Park. The grand opening was attended by 10,000 people. At this point Central Park extended to just 47 acres.

The last private resident of Valentines was Sarah Ingleby who died in 1906. The Council acquired the house in 1912 and added it to the rest of Central Park, at which time the name of the whole park was changed to Valentines Park. Since then the mansion has been a home to wartime refugees, a hospital, a public health centre and a Council housing department. After standing empty for 15 years, Valentines was opened to the public in 2009. It is Grade II* listed.

With further purchases the park was gradually extended to its present size of 136 acres and renamed in the early 20th century.
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Wednesday, 24 August, 2016   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 25 August, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  Park and Public Gardens 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4331 8793 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.3219N 0:3.9908E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4333 8793
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